INDIA: The Inner Urge

In 1949 a handsome Hindu named Narayan Acharya left a wife, a five-year-old child and a promising political career, to follow "an inner urge to do penance and bring peace to the world." Wandering through the Himalayas, he practiced the mystic arts of yoga, learned to do without food and water for long periods at a time. According to one admirer, Narayan even mastered the trick of levitation, and once flew for three miles through a Nepalese jungle. In the same jungle Narayan had himself buried alive for 24 hours, and survived...

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